What is the First-Year Experience
FYE is an experience that is the
foundation of a student's collegiate career. Being
actively involved in FYE activities is the best way to get
the right start. To support the development of a solid
foundation, FYE consists of a series of orientation
activities, programs, and courses to help you ease into
the demands and challenges of college life, forge
connections with counseling, faculty, staff, and peers,
and tp prepare you for academic success at MC and beyond.
How do I become a part of FYE?
First-Year students may become a part of FYE by:
- Enrolling in a First-Year seminar
- Participating in New Student Orientation
- Participating in Welcome Week
- Registering for a Learning Community
- Participating in a variety of campus or college-wide
FYE workshops, events & programs
- Subscribing to the FYE Listserv
- Reading the FYE newsletter
Is FYE mandatory?
No, student participation in FYE is not
mandatory. However, students are strongly encouraged
to participate in FYE activities such as New Student
Orientation, Welcome Week, FYE Seminars, and other FYE
opportunities. The idea of FYE is to provide
students with so many options that all First-Year students
will participate in some way.
What is a FYE Seminar?
FYE Seminars are credit course specifically
designed to assist First-Year students with their
transition to college life. These and other topics
All first year students are strongly
encouraged to enroll in a First-Year Experience Seminar:
- Effective Study Techniques
- Goal Setting
- Time Management
- Learning Styles and Strategies
- Campus Resources
- Educational Planning
First Year Seminar/First-Year Seminar (sample syllabus) or
International Students (sample syllabus)
These courses cover a variety of topics related to
Why should a First-Year student Take
a FYE seminar?
There are many reasons - here are a few:
- To learn skills that will enhance college success
- To become aware of campus resources
- To feel connected to the MC community
- To develop an educational plan
Do I Receive Credit for taking a FYE
Yes, all FYE Seminars are counted as
college credit at MC. First Year Seminar/First-Year Seminar is a one-credit course and Seminar for
International Students is a two-credit course. The
credits can count toward your degree and may be
is a typical First-Year experience at MC?
Each First-Year student has a unique First-Year Experience based on which activities you select. They are all designed to help you make a smooth transition
to college. The main thing to keep in mind is that
you shape your first year
experience to make it a great one!
What will classes be like?
Unlike high school, you may not have
homework every night for your college classes. Often, your final grade may only be based on a few exams
or projects. Therefore, every grade counts!
You are responsible for knowing when your assignments are
due. You instructor may or may not remind you.
Don't count getting credit for work turned in late or for
extra credit. You can do college level work,
but you must accept responsibility from day one.
What will professors expect of me?
The expectations that professors have for
students may vary greatly. However, here are some
- Arrive on time to class
- Prepare for each class ahead of time
- Actively participate in class
- Turn in all assignments
- Be respectful of the professor and your peers
For more helpful tips
on how to make the transition to college, check
out this resource:
Do I have to attend every class?
Yes, absolutely. Class attendance is
a vital part of academic success. When you miss a
class you miss material covered that day ply you give the
impression that you do not consider the class important.
Blowing off class to hang out with friends is a bad idea. Class attendance is the number one predictor of success
for the vast majority of college students. However,
life happens and unexpected situations may occur. Always check with your instructor or refer to your
syllabus to find out what his or her policy is on excused
and unexcused absences.
How do I
Get involved! MC has an array of
opportunities for you to take advantage of. Clubs,
student organizations, Student Governments, intramural
sports, etc. are all great ways to meet people. Students who get involved are generally happier and do
better in their classes.
What are common First-Year student transition issues?
Like any transition in life, attending
college for the first time can be a challenging and
frustrating time. Therefore, there are many issues
that students may face.
- Time management
- Motivation and goal setting
- Development of study skills
- Social acceptance
- Adjustment from high school to college life
- Balancing studies with social life and work
- Decision making and planning
The good news is that you are not alone.
Montgomery College has a variety of resource to help.
Start with the Counseling and Advising Department at your
campus. Also look to your professors and other staff
with whom you may have built relationships. Use